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“The Call”: The Life and Message of The Apostle Paul Adam Hamilton

On Wednesday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m. in the Choir Room, we will begin a new study, “The Call: The Life and Message of The Apostle Paul, by Adam Hamilton. What would lead a first-century rabbi to travel for thousands of miles by sea and by land, to be beaten, imprisoned, and ultimately beheaded for his faith? It was a call – a call to turn the world upside down.
This is the story of the Apostle Paul, whose writings have shaped the lives of one-third of the world’s population, a man second only to Jesus in his influence on Christian faith, and whose witness defines what it means to follow Jesus Christ.
“The Call” is a video-based study created by Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. A full-length study guide will be available for all participants. Plan to join us for this in-depth look at one of the most fascinating and seminal characters in all of Christian history.

Earth Day – Sunday, April 22

This year, Earth Day falls on a Sunday, giving us the opportunity to take a look at the “State of God’s World In 2018” from a theological perspective. At the 202nd General Assembly in 1990, the Presbyterian Church (USA) adopted Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice, a comprehensive multi-year denominational emphasis on Eco-Justice. It was a landmark document which placed the PCUSA at the forefront of the ecological movement.
The document affirms that “The biblical-theological basis for restoring creation is very simple: The Creator is always also the Redeemer, and the Redeemer is always also the Creator. The God ‘who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them’ is the one ‘who executes justice for the oppressed’ (ps. 146:6f.). Because God the Creator loves the whole creation, God the Redeemer acts to save the creation when it is bowed down and cries out. As Colossians 1:15-19 affirms, the crucified and risen Christ ‘reconciles all things.’”
It is appropriate, then, that Earth Day 2018 falls during the Season of Easter, in the midst of our celebration of the Risen Christ. Take time to hold the Earth in your prayers as you enjoy the fruits and beauty of God’s amazing creation!